Corruption might be behind MIA refusal to buy Russian computers
The equipment was meant for the theory part of the driving test. The supply had already started when the refuse came.
The Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Russian Federation has refused to buy Russian computers with Baikal-T1 processors, Meduza wrote. The equipment was meant for the theory part of the driving test. The tender for computer supply announced in autumn 2016 was won by T-Platforms, affiliated with Baikal Electronics, which developed the eponymous processor.
9348 computers valued at 357.000.000 rubles ($6m) were to be purchased. Vedomosti reported citing the Federal Antimonopoly Service that T-Platforms had not delivered a single computer on time. The delivery was due to be completed by July 1, 2017. However, by July 31 and August 1, when the refusal came, only 1.837 computers valued at 71.000.000 rubles ($1.2m) had been delivered.
T-Platforms stated that the deliveries had been canceled due to delayed advance payment from the Ministry and no information needed to execute the contract. The company filed a lawsuit against the Ministry of Internal Affairs asking to accept the remaining computers and pay for them. In early December, the court dismissed the claim, since there had been a failure to meet the delivery deadlines.
According to Vedomosti sources, the refusal to purchase T-Platforms computers might be associated with the arrest of Andrei Nechaev, the MIA chief designer suspected of office abuse. Nechaev was the one advocating the switch to Russian processors, inducing the curiosity about Baikal computers, T-Platforms said in a statement.
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